TxMom Posted May 3, 2015 Report Share Posted May 3, 2015 Continuing to do research prior to getting a dog in the next 4 to 8 months, and I've come up with a question I'd appreciate some thoughts on. Background: we'll be adopting an adult from a rescue, suburban home, three kids (7, 5 and 3), plan to train to keep the dog occupied but I don't have any specific ambitions beyond having a happy, well-trained dog I enjoy working with. That said... What's the advantage of taking an in-depth obedience class vs. doing it independently following something like Sue Ailsby's training levels referenced in the "training protocol ideas" thread in this forum (http://sue-eh.ca/page24/page26/page10/)? Would you recommend one approach over the other? If it makes any difference, the obedience class I've been looking at (pending meeting the trainer and observing a class) is outlined here: http://www.waggin-tails.com/obedience/course_outline.html To me it looks like a very thorough class, and her credentials (elsewhere on the website) look solid. She charges $400 up front for the 5-month course, and we can budget for that and commit to it, but I'm wondering if it's really worth it or if we could do just as well on our own until we're interested in a specific sport or other more specialized training. Thanks for the advice -- I appreciate it! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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